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Archaeology of the African Diaspora, Part 2

Here’s a question that I’ve wanted to ask since the last couple of conferences. Several papers in the “Personal is Political: Archaeological Studies of and in Activist Contexts” session at the last Society for Historical Archaeology meeting asserted that archaeologists working on the African Diaspora needed more (some) training in African and/or African-American studies. I […]

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Birth of a Nation

On this day (February 8th) in 1915, D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation premiered in Los Angeles. This silent film was America’s first feature-length motion picture and a box-office smash–lasting an unprecedented three hours. Released under the title, The Clansman (at least for the first few weeks) , the movie debuted only after Griffith sought […]

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Remembering Slavery…In the Francophone World

France’s President Jacques Chirac has called for the “indelible stain” of slavery to be remembered in a national day of commemoration on May 10, the first of its kind in Europe. I found this interesting as it is a state-acknowledged remembrance in a nation that has not historically endorsed the idea of “race” in official […]

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An Archaeology of the African Diaspora Beyond North America…

Sorry I have been silent the last few weeks….I’ve been at the annual conference of the Society for Historical Archaeologists (SHA) in Sacramento, California….a good time was had by all (or most, anyway). While at the conference I attended this year’s forum sponsored by the African Diaspora Archaeology Network…By the way, I REALLY like these […]

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Odd Tribes: New Book by John Hartigan

Check out John Hartigan, Jr.’s new book–just released. Odd Tribes: Toward a Cultural Analysis of White People is available from Duke University Press: Odd Tribes engages debates in history, anthropology, sociology, and cultural studies over how race matters. Hartigan tracks the spread of “white trash” from an epithet used only in the South prior to […]

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Food, Race, & “The Siege” of Howard University

First lady Laura Bush was the campus of Howard University in late October, along with many others, to conduct a session of the White House Conference on Helping America’s Youth. Apparently neither she, nor the Howard University officials, expected a large protest to ensue…. “What started as a demonstration of 50 students standing around the […]

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African-American Archaeology Listserv

Due to an unpleasant chain of events, the African-American Archaeology Listserv was deleted from Yahoo groups a few weekends ago. John McCarthy & I have reestablished the list, but unfortunately we cannot reestablish our membership (almost 300 members if I recall correctly) so easily. Former members can rejoin at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AAArch/ If you know of anybody […]

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